The appearance of the default Windows XP theme still looks modern for an operating system that is almost 7 years old. After several years of the same theme, it is time to freshen up the system, and make it look new again. Working through the various other themes that come with Windows, it does not take long to discover that you will need to look elsewhere for more modern looking themes.
XPise is a nice addition to any Windows XP install. It’s main features include:
- Patches for more than 150 system files without user interaction.
- Updates tonnes of old resources still existing in Windows XP, which have come from the Windows 95/98/2000 days.
- Gives Windows XP a fresh new look, with new animations, icons and images.
- Installs some cool extras, such as a boot screen, logon screen, screensaver and more.
After looking around my system, once I had installed XPise, I was amazed to see how many things had been changed. All the changes seemed to be for the better in the time I had it up and running. Everything was recognisable, but with a modern look and feel.
XPise also comes with TaskSwitchXP Pro 2.0, which is an alt-tab task switcher replacement. This is a great leap forward from the default alt-tab task switcher. As well as seeing the title of all the programs you have open, each program shows a large screen shot, making it easy to know what is what.
Upon install, XPise pops up a prompt offering to make you a system restore point. It is good that this is offered. I have tried many programs that do this kind of theme changing, only to find my system in a bit of an aesthetic mess after uninstalling it.
If you want even more theme choices, get your hands on XP All-In-One Styler. I had no success changing my login screen using this, but the themes that come with it are something else. You can use a combination of the various components to make your own personalised theme.
There are so many ways to change the appearance of XP. It is just one way to make the workday a little more interesting.